So, BA cancelled lunch on me today. Which I kinda expected. But, since it was work related, I guess I’ll forgive him. Actually, he rescheduled for Monday, so, that’s that. Oh, and at the end of the conversation he told me that he’s been saving a story for our face time. (He communicates better face to face, so he saves up stuff to tell me!) Anyway, now I have all weekend to wait to find out what the story is!! Agh! Seriously, you all know that will drive me nuts!
Lee did not have the right heart cath done today. His INR was too high… means his blood is too thin and may not clot. They couldn’t risk putting the cath in and having a bleeding event. They thought about putting some fresh frozen plasma in his body to thicken up his blood; however, that would skew the results of the test, so yeah – it was veto’d. They did a different test using his picc line. I’ll come back to that.
He’s also developed a bump/growth type thing on his left side and it is very tender and causing pain. He had another CT scan today to see if they could find something that was missed in yesterday’s CT scan to tell them what it is. Nope. Nothing showing up. No one knows exactly what it is or how to fix it.
His potassium and sodium levels did drop, so he was able to skip dialysis today. His nephrologist wanted to give Lee a break while he could. His BNP (the test that tells you if you are in heart failure or not) dropped significantly From 4000 yesterday to 2900 today. Or maybe it was 2400. Anyway, it went down. Keep in mind, in a normal person, BNP measures 100. You read that right, I didn’t miss a zero. Normal is 100. Lee is 2900. Or 2400. Take your pick.
Back to the right heart cath that didn’t happen. I don’t know what the results were. All I know is that this afternoon mom texted me that Lee is being moved to UNTSW. UNT Southwestern Medical Center. Per their website “UT Southwestern is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading heart disease treatment and research centers, dedicated to providing the very best care and committed to the discovery of new knowledge that will help tomorrow’s patients.” Personally, I don’t care about tomorrow’s patients. I just care about today’s patient. He should be transported this evening. They are taking him via Care Flight, the air ambulance, cause they can’t risk the ambulance getting stuck in traffic. The good news is that UNTSW really IS a leading heart facility and they have more experts to help Lee. The bad news is that it is in Dallas. I live in FW. For those not familiar with the D/FW Metroplex, and especially those that live on the East Coast, that’s an hour drive in no traffic. An hour and a half in rush hour, easily. Everything is bigger in Texas, to get from one side of the Metroplex to the other is like driving the entire state of Rhode Island from north to south.
Okay, I made that up. But, I bet if you map it, you’d find that I’m pretty darn close!
On a totally different note, I did get the house cleaned today. Well, the parts of the house that I use anyway… I didn’t do T’s bathroom, which since it is the guest bathroom, I probably should have, but I cleaned the toilet earlier in the week, and he can pick up his own dirty clothes and wipe down the counter and sinks. Plus, I don’t have any company coming over… so no one will notice! But, I did get the dusting, sweeping, vacuuming and mopping done. That makes me feel happy. Yes, I’m weird.
Lastly, I refuse to blog this weekend. But, since I’m addicted to you guys, I will check in and read what you blog! Oh, and thank you guys so much for the outpouring of support and love and prayers! I may not always respond – but I am hearing you!!
And, because I like to include pictures, here are some of Lee.